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assort

Line breaks: as¦sort
Pronunciation: /əˈsɔːt
 
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Definition of assort in English:

verb

1 [no object] Genetics (Of genes or characteristics) become distributed among cells or progeny: banding on the shell assorts independently of colour the chromosomes of the father and the mother assort into 23 pairs
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  • The extent to which alleles assort randomly on chromosomes depends on the recombination rate, as well as on the demographic history of the species and on the selective pressures exercised on the genomic region.
  • If these genes were to assort independently, eight susceptible plants should have been identified.
  • Consequently, linked blocks of genes are inherited intact in the form of whole chromosomes from fathers, while loci on chromosomes from mothers assort randomly.
2 [with object] archaic Place in a group; classify: he would assort it with the fabulous dogs as a monstrous invention
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  • All the transcribed interviews were assorted into thematic units, each corresponding to a set of data obtained from interviewees.
  • The designer told her to go through all the magazines and tear out the projects and articles she was interested in, then she had to assort them into categories.
  • The deposits here are assorted into several grades of gravel for building, paving, and ballast purposes.

Origin

late 15th century: from Old French assorter, from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + sorte 'sort, kind'.

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